Tuesday, December 19, 2017

January 2018; Upcoming Kansai Events

1月

New Years Ceremonies

Throughout January. Penguin parades in the area outside of Kaiyukan aquarium. Near Osakako station.
http://www.kaiyukan.com/

Fridays there will be 500 yen takoyaki parties at the Sakura Guest house near Temma station.
https://www.guesthouse-sakura-hostel.osaka.jp/

On weekends from 11:00-16:00 there will be opportunities for groups to participate in a katana workshop at Yushinkan. Near Keihan Noe or Kyobashi station. 5000 yen.
http://yushinkan-katana.com/data/

10/14-1/21. 09:30-17:00. Disney Art exhibit at Osaka City Art Museum. 1600 yen. Near Tennoji station.
http://www.osaka-art-museum.jp/

12/2-2/5. 10:00-20:00. Studio Ghibli background setting exhibition at the Abeno Harukasu Art Museum. Near Tennoji station. 1500 yen.
https://www.aham.jp/

12/1-1/8. Winter CARNIVAL and illuminations at Hirakata Park.
http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/

12/22-3/26. The Legendary Swords exhibition at Kasugataisha Museum. 500 yen.
http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/about/basic_en.html

1/1-8. Play-Rail show in Osaka. At ATC. 900 yen for adults, 700 yen for kids. Near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/001506/

1/1-8. New Year's event at Tennoji Zoo. Entry for 500 yen.
https://www.facebook.com/746192528862281/photos/967038156777716/?type=3

1/7-8,20-21. CosJoy at ATC. ATC gathering near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/000017/

1/2-3. 10:00-13:00. Mochi pounding event at Mizuma Temple in Osaka. Near Mizuma Kannon station.
Mizumadera.or.jp

1/3. ?. Archery event in Otsu.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20180103/3827441.html

1/3. 13:00. Karuta card game ceremony at Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. Near Gion Shijo station.
http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/event/karuta.html

1/3. 11:00. Noh performance of the play "Okina." At Taga shrine near Tagataisha-mae station. Free.
https://en.biwako-visitors.jp/news/detail/260


1/3. 10:00-11:00. Shimenawa-age Ritual. Hanging straw ropes on the torii gates. At Kumata Shrine near Hirano station.
http://kumata.jp/about

1/4. 13:00-15:00. Oyumi hajimesai archery ceremony at Ooyamato Shrine. Near Nagara station.
http://ooyamatohp.net/service.html


1/4. 13:30~. New Year's Kemari game at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. Near Demachiyanagi station.
http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/rituals/


Dezome Shiki: firefighter demonstrations around Japan that show off modern firefighting equipment or ancient methods.
1/6. Dezome Shiki at O's Mall near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/000117/
1/10. Dezome Shiki at Himeji Castle
1/14. 10:00. Higashi Osaka Dezome Shiki at Hanazono Central Park.
 http://www.city.higashiosaka.lg.jp/0000021226.html
https://kansaiculture.blogspot.jp/2017/01/dezome-shiki-new-years-firefighter-show.html
1/7. 11:00~. White Horse ceremony at Sumiyoshi Shrine.
http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/events/annualevents/01.html

1/7. 10:00~13:00. White Horse ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.
http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/event/jan.html

Toka Ebisu: Festivals at the shrines for Ebisu, the god of wealth, happiness fishermen and commerce. These events happen around the 10th day of the new year.


1/13. Archery ceremony at Sumiyoshi Taisha.
http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/events/annualevents/01.html

1/14. 14:30-15:30. Doya Doya loincloth ceremony at Shitennoji Temple. Near Yuhigaoka-Shitennoji-mae station.
http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/event/1/#event971

1/14. 19:30~. Osaka Tondo Matsuri. Bonfire ceremony at Senri Tenjin shrine near Senri Chuo station.
http://senritenjin.com/saiji/index.html

1/13. 10:00~. Oyumi Hajime Sai, New Year's archery event at Sumiyoshi Taisha.

1/13. 19:00~21:00. Katsube fire festival. Young men in loin clothes dance around a fire. Near Moriyama station.

1/14. Comic City. Market for manga artists and handmade goods. There will be some people in costumes. At INTEX near Nakafuto station.
http://www.intex-osaka.com/jp/guest/event/single.php?id=682

1/14. 13:00-22:00. After Sunset is the Oni Hashiri, ogres with torches. Nenbutsuji temple in Nara.
http://www.city.gojo.lg.jp/www/contents/1143010218687/

1/14. 10:00-15:00. Toshiya, New year's archery ceremony at Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto.
http://www.sanjusangendo.jp/h_2.html

1/15. 10:00~. Uzue Festival at Itakiso Shrine near Wakayama station.
http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/wakayama/detail/30201ba2212054108
http://itakiso-jinja.net/saiten.php

1/15. Tondo Matsuri bonfire event at Yasaka-Ebisu shrine near Tamatsukuri station.
http://yasaka-ebisu.jp/gyoji.html

1/16. 10:30~.  Musha Shinji archery ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.
http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/event/jan.html

1/20. 14:00. Yutate Kagura Ceremony at Jonan-gu shrine. Near Takeda station.
http://www.jonangu.com/festival1.html

1/21. Comic Treasure. Market for manga artists. At INTEX near Nakafuto station.
http://www.intex-osaka.com/jp/guest/event/single.php?id=683

1/21. 08:00-12:00. Namba Tsunahiki ritual. A ritual where a huge rope snake is paraded around on the streets. The Namba Yasaka shrine is shaked liked a huge komainu head. At Namba Yasaka shrine near Namba station.
https://nambayasaka.jp/?page_id=145

1/25. Hatsu Tenjin Festival. At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, near Marumachi station.
http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/annual_events.php

1/27. After sunset. Wakakusa yamayaki. Field burning, fireworks and stage performances around Mt.Wakakusa in Nara. Near Kintetsu Nara station.

1/26-28. 18:00-20:00. Otateyama Festival. Parade of illuminated fiberglass statues in front of the Heijokyo palace with stage performances. Near Yamato-Saidaiji station.
http://ootateyama.jp/

1/28. Martial Arts Fair at Sumiyoshi Budokan.

1/27-3/18. Exhibition of sword fittings from the Mitsumura Collection at the Osaka Museum of History. Near Tanimachi 4-chome station.

? - Chinese New year celebrations at Nankin Machi, Kobe Chinatown. Near motomachi station.
http://nankinmachi.or.jp/


Illuminations, Christmas lights and light-ups

10/28-1/8. Kyoto Illumiere. A 75 minute bus ride from Osaka or Kyoto in a remote onsen area outside Kameoka. 1000 yen.

11/1-1/31. Kitano Christmas Street. Illumination event. Near Sannomiya station.

11/17-3/04. Kaiyukan Illumination.

11/17-2/14. Osaka Station Twilight Fantasy. Lights and music in the area above the JR Osaka station train tracks.

11/18-1/14. Denmark & Japan 150 years. Christmas lights at Kiseki no Hoshi. Bus from JR Sannomiya station to the location. 600 yen.

11/22-2/25. Osaka Castle Park Illumination event. Illuminage. 1200 yen.


December-February. White Promenade at Shirahama beach.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Osaka Motor Show 2017

大阪モーターショー2017

Beck

Beck GTS a clone of the Porsche 550 Spyder.

Beck model with 60's motif.

BMW

BMW i8
https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/bmwi/bmw-i8.html
BMW i8

Daihatsu

Daihatsu?
The typical boxy look of the Daihatsu family vehicles.


Harley Davidson

This kid is really stretches to reach the handlebars on this Harley.

Audi

an Audi in the Tomei booth.






Volvo


Crash simulator to demonstrate the three-point seat belt which Volvo famously introduced.







Other

Highway safety offered several miniature electric cars.

Bumblebee from the Transformers
Autobot booth?
Mobile alternative to an apartment?
Champagne garnish on luxury interior customizations.
Customized paint services.
Accessory booth model
Car show model with a cowgirl look.
A four-wheeler with a flash-car makeover at the Sphere Light booth.
Sphere Light, a customization shop's booth.






A maze game. An alarm sounds if the wand touches the copper lined walls of the course.
The pedestrians and car traffic are motorized obstacles on the course.
The game is called "safe return home game."
A modified camping vehicle.





























Car model


Lotus

Lotus



Suede interior in this Lotus.
Lotus EXiGe 380
Lotus Elise Sprint 220
Lotus Evora Sport 410





Mazda


Mazda model
Mazda model
Mazda model


Mazda
Mazda Roadster

Mazda Roadster RF

Suzuki

Suzuki Survivor
Suzuki Survivor headrests.
They look like Star Wars droids.
Some unusual headrests in a Suzuki.
Suzuki
Suzuki Survivor
Suzuki Survivor
Suzuki Survivor with a translucent door showing off the interior.
Suzuki Survivor
Suzuki Survivor stats
Suzuki Survivor
Suzuki
Suzuki



Abarth
Abarth 124 Spider
http://www.abarth.jp/124spider/


Nissan

Nissan Zero Emission vehicle.
Nissan

Nissan Leaf
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/12/2018-nissan-leaf-review/



Xeam
The Notte. A lightweight, inexpensive electric scooter.
60 km (37 mile) range. With a removable battery that charges by standard home outlets.
An Austin Powers aesthetic.
Vintage style half helmet that matches the motor scooter.


The pink model seemed dedicated to maintaining her bored-looking pose.



Ferrari





Large crowds gather when the booth models come out pose.


Tamiya

A track for racing model cars.
Tamiya is a company that sells kits for model cars.
The also make remote ontrolled racecars.
A life size replica of a remote controlled car.
Note the original model car sitting on the front fender.
Note the rollers on the corners that allow the model cars to huge the edges of the racecourse channel walls.


Toyota

A catapult game where you get three shots to accumulate a score to win a prize from a local Toyota dealer.
Toyota Crown Concept
The Toyota booth combines the malevolent HAL (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) and HER (the Spike Jonze movie).
Toyota
Unusually sparse looking interior.
Electronic steering column and pedals in a futuristic looking unit.
This drivers seat looks like something that Professor Xavier would ride around in.
Riding the Toyota version of the Segway.
GR HV Sports Concept.
Toyota racecar.
The Toyota booth presenter interacted with an AI character to summon a Segway type vehicle.
Concept of an autonomous vehicle.
LED light panel to add details to traditional tail light signals.
Toyota
Toyota Concept-i



Honda

Racecar in the Honda booth.
The Honda NSX appears again.
The Honda NSX was also at this show last year.
Honda Super Cubs.
60 years and 100 million vehicles.
Honda
Honda Super Cub

A colorful Honda motorcycle.


Honda EV
Honda Solowing dashboard showing off phone connectivity.
Honda Solowing
Dashboard of a Honda Solowing motorcycle.
Widescreen GPS/dashboard on the Honda EV.

A car promoting the Universal Studios of Japan theme park in Osaka.
Honda employees demonstrating a sit-down version of a "hover board."
Honda motorcycle

Sideview cameras in place of mirrors on the Honda EV.
Another model of electric vehicle from Honda.



Tesla

The Tesla puts on a musical show; flashing headlights, moving the doors and drunk lid along with an arrangement of music.


Aston Martin

Aston Martin


Mitsubishi

Eclipse Cross
Futuristic steering "wheel."





References
http://www.osaka-motorshow.com/
https://www.mssjapan.jp/xeam/notte/
http://www.osaka-motorshow.com/exhibitor03.html